We encourage people to test their Y-DNA and to join the Hyde DNA Group.
If you are a male with Hyde surname, obtain a Y-DNA kit and get tested. If you are a female, encourage one of your close Hyde male relatives (brother, father, etc.) to get tested.
But which Y-DNA test? 12, 37 or 67 markers? The more markers, the higher the cost. Most people want to keep cost down. However, we encourage the Y-DNA 67 test. Here’s why.
Over 50% of the Hydes tested so far are in the R1b1a2 (M269) haplogroup. And this is a very common one. A large percentage of Western Europe is in this haplogroup! One study determined 92.3% of the men in Wales and 85.4% of the men in Ireland are in this haplogroup. Another study states that in parts of north-western Ireland the R1b1a2 haplogroup reaches 98%.
If you are in the R1b1a2 haplogroup, the matches at 12, 25, and even 37 are not very useful due to it being a very common haplogroup. It is a bit unfortunate, but to have a good match, a male in the R1b1a2 haplogroup needs to pay more and test all 67 markers and perhaps even 111 markers.
One possible strategy is to test at 12 or 37 markers and see which haplogroup you are in. Then if needed, you can easily “upgrade” to 67 markers.
Want to join the Hyde DNA Project?
If you want to join the Hyde DNA Project, please contact Dan C Hyde at firstname.lastname@example.org
Need Help on DNA Testing and Analyzing Your DNA Results?
Please contact Dan C Hyde at email@example.com if you have questions on DNA testing or need help in analyzing your DNA results.